Merrimack Legion breezes past Hudson

HUDSON – This game did not require fans being on the edge of their seats.

Merrimack Post 98 never left any doubt about who was in control, as it scored in four of the first five innings en route to a 15-2 win over Hudson on Friday, July 8 at Alvirne.

"I think this is probably the first game where we finally put everything together at once," Merrimack manager Chris Shanahan said. "We have had a lot of games that we will get pitching and we will get the big hits. Today we hit early and we were pretty loose for most of the game. That is the biggest thing I takeaway is we kind of put everything together all in one game."

The win was a crucial one for Merrimack as it allowed the team to be in sole possession of fourth place in the District B standings with a record of 7-5. The top-four teams in District B qualify for the double-elimination tournament at the end of the season, and as of Tuesday, Post 98 was 8-5 and held a one game lead over Londonderry Post 27.

Merrimack put three runs on the board in the first, as Brendan Carter plated Justin Grassini with an RBI single to center field. Andrew Thibault drove an RBI triple to deep center field, scoring Carter, and then Tyler DeNeill posted an RBI ground out, which allowed Thibault to cross home plate.

Post 98 continued to hit in the second, as Carter connected on a two-run triple, scoring Grassini and Logan Chaput, making it 5-0.

Merrimack added another pair of runs in the fourth, as an RBI double by Grassini to right-center scored Chaput, and then later in the inning Grassini crossed home plate. Chad Seaver scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Slate in the fifth, which made the score 8-1.

Post 98 starting pitcher Grant Coy went the distance, as he gave up two runs on seven hits and walked only one. He went on a stretch of retiring 14 batters in a row.

Callery posted his second RBI of the game in the seventh, as he singled to left field, scoring D.J. Lamothe.

Merrimack responded with three more runs in the eighth. Grassini scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by DeNeill, and then Carter and Thibault crossed home plate later in the inning, which made the score 11-2.

Post 98 finished with a four-run ninth inning.